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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 20 March 1935Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 6 October 1996Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (aortic aneurysm)
Birth NameHoward Weston Bessell Jr
Nickname Teddy
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in New York City, Ted's early career included guest appearances in soap operas, Lover Come Back (1961) and It's a Man's World (1962). Ted went on to appear as "Frankie" on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), but his big break was as "That Guy" on the successful Marlo Thomas Television series That Girl (1966). As "Don Hollinger", he played the boyfriend of aspiring actress "Ann Marie". After that, he appeared in a number of short lived Television comedy series including Me and the Chimp (1972), Good Time Harry (1980) and Hail to the Chief (1985). After being stereotyped as the good boyfriend, Ted found jobs hard to find so he moved towards the direction and production end of Television. Ted directed episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and Sibs (1991). At the time of his death, he was preparing to direct a movie version of the Television series Bewitched (1964).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (3)

Linnell S. Nobori (1982 - 6 October 1996) (his death) (2 children)
Janeen A. Dara (20 April 1963 - 1967) (annulled)
Donna Gordon (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (15)

He died from aortic aneurysm at UCLA Medical Center in Westowood, Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. in the emergency room.
Ted was in the process of directing the movie version of the television series, Bewitched (1964) when he became fatally ill.
He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.
Before becoming an actor, Ted Bessell had seriously considered the Catholic Priesthood as a vocation.
Remained friends with That Girl (1966) costar Marlo Thomas until his death.
Best remembered by the public for his role as "Donald Hollinger" in That Girl (1966).
He and former co-star, Marlo Thomas, were discussing a feature film remake of their 60s That Girl (1966) series, in which the two main characters, now 25 years older, would meet again and fall in love.
His biggest burst of post-"That Girl" fame came with the role, in the next-to-last season of Mary Tyler Moore (1970), of Mary Richards's beau.
For five years (until his death) his professional partner was Penny Marshall at Parkway Productions.
His surviving wife, Linnell Nobori, is an artist. They have two daughters, Sarah and Mary.
One of his ex-wives is Donna Gordon, a well-known exotic dancer during the 1970s and 1980s. The couple divorced sometime in the 1980s.
Bessell moved into directing and helmed episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and, in 1989, shared an Emmy as a producer on Fox Broadcasting's "Tracey Ullman", which was honored as best variety or comedy program.
Attending both Georgetown University and the University of Colorado, he graduated in 1958 and focused on acting. He studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
A former 12-year-old child prodigy, his youthful highlight was performing a piano recital at Carnegie Hall.
In a tragic twist of irony, Bessel guest starred in Marcus Welby, M.D.: Echo from Another World (1971) where he played a doctor who misdiagnosis a patient who ends up having an aortic aneurysm. Bessel himself died of an aortic aneurysm 25 years after the episode aired.

Personal Quotes (1)

Donald Hollinger made me a name but took away the heart of me.

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